Everytime I pass by Longganisa Sorpresa in SM North, I chuckle a little. I find the resto's name quite humorous.
I must admit -- I'm not a longganisa fan, mainly because I don't eat fat. I don't mind eating fatty food but I can't eat the actual fat. Many of the longganisa I had tried before had lots of fat bits. This alienated me from longganisa.
However, I got intrigued when Longganisa Sorpresa launched an offer via Metrodeal. Knowing that there were many kinds of longganisa available, I decided to buy a voucher and try out their food.
For P240, the buyer would get the Longganisa Platter and four cups of Garlic Rice (all worth P480).
When the server handed me the menu and asked me to choose 5 kinds of longganisa, I got a little overwhelmed. I didn't know there were so many kinds to choose from.
Basically there are two groups of longganisa: recado and hamonado. Recado is a mix of salty, garlicky, sour, and peppery types. In this group are longganisa from Alaminos, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Calumpit, Laoag, Lucban, Tuguegarao, and Vigan. Hamonado consists of sweet and smoked ones from Cabanatuan (Batutay), Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, and Pampanga.
Knowing little about the different kinds, I asked the server to choose for me and to choose the ones with minimal fatty bits. She readily agreed and within a few minutes our platter arrived. According to the server, our platter consisted of Calumpit, Vigan, Cabanatuan, Batutay, and Alaminos longganisa.
|Longganisa Platter - P360 (reg price)|
We also got 4 cups of garlic rice (the 4th one was on a separate plate).
|Garlic rice - P30/cup (reg price)|
I will not attempt to describe the difference between the five kinds but all five kinds we got tasted good. They were less greasy than I expected and were not cloying (nakakasuya).
Aside from the many kinds of longganisa available in the restaurant, several types of vinegar are also available in Longganisa Sorpresa. They have sukang Iloco, Kaong, Pinakurat, Sinamak, Tuba, and Paombong. Definitely lots of room to mix and match!
I only got to try two: Sinamak and Pinakurat. I found the Pinakurat vinegar strong in taste so I stuck with Sinamak which was closer to the kind of vinegar I'm used to.
The Molo Soup was okay but not impressive.
|Molo Soup - P55|
The food in Longganisa Sorpresa is very affordable and filling. The resto also offers longsilog (longganisa with fried rice and egg) for only P99, with drinks already included.
The cost of what we ordered (regular price):
Longganisa Platter (good for 3-4 people) - P360
Fried rice - P30 each
Molo soup - P55
Sago gulaman - P50
You can find Longganisa Sorpresa's complete menu here.
Longganisa Sorpresa is a small restaurant with a modern interior. Like the other restos in the SM North Sky Garden, there are additional tables and chairs outside.
During our visit, the place was clean. I can only critique one minor thing. I love their vinegar holder, very Pinoy, but the labels on some of the vinegar bottles had peeled off. I hope the resto will replace those labels (or have already replaced those labels since our visit). The cap of the fourth bottle also looked a lot different from the others (good luck to the OC-type patrons lol). Like I said, very minor things. But keeping the vinegar bottles properly labelled and consistent-looking will add to the place's clean and neat look.
The service was good. Food arrived quickly. The server handled my request (to choose non-fatty kinds of longganisa) smoothly and reliably. Both the server and another female staff (the manager, I assume) were polite and accommodating even though we used a voucher.
The only thing I noted was that right after we were finished eating, one of the staff took the vinegar bottles from our table and brought them to another table outside. It was okay since we were already finished, but it will be better if Longganisa Sorpresa will provide each table with a complete set of vinegar, just in case the resto gets packed with people who all want to eat longganisa and sample the different kinds of vinegar. Also, according to the menu, Longganisa Sorpresa has 6 kinds of vinegar but the holder can only accommodate five and the one we got had two bottles each of Sinamak and Pinakurat.
SM City North EDSA
North Ave corner EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. (02) 332-9736